All Saints-by-the-Sea Sanctuary Renovation Project Parent Information Page

The links below will take you to various materials and reports regarding the All Saints “Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project.” This page will be updated as more documents are added. A notice to Parish School parents will be sent when new documents are added.

November 2017 Parent Newsletter – Church Project Update

Click on the image to read the latest information for Parish School parents regarding the All Saints Sanctuary renovation project.

May 30, 2017 Information Meeting & Playground Walkthrough Materials

An Information Meeting and Playground Walkthrough was held specifically for Parish School parents. The purpose of the gathering was to share information about the impact of the Sanctuary renovation project on the School and playground. The meeting was organized by the Church-School “Working Group.”

The information shared at the meeting is available at the following links:

Church-Parents Communications/Correspondence

Sanctuary Project Seismic Strengthening (Phase 2)

All Saints’ Project Architect Bob Easton, AIA, provided the following letter to All Saints following various meetings and inspections with the Project Engineer, Bruce Resnick of Parker-Resnick Engineering.

These engineering reports are repeated from the phase 1 section above: Parker Resnick, the structural engineering firm engaged by the Church’s architect, Bob Easton, AIA, performed a preliminary structural review of the Bell Tower and accessible portions of the Sanctuary in November 2014 as well as on numerous additional dates for multiple site visits. Various analyses recommended immediate deconstruction of the Bell Tower, based upon its susceptibility to collapse in a seismic event, and subsequent seismic strengthening of the Sanctuary itself. Regarding the Sanctuary work, the report states, “these items are not as critical as the tower, but should be addressed within a reasonable time frame.” Again, each of the various engineering reports are available at these links – they are substantially similar but are included for the sake of transparency.

Post Hazeltine conducted a further analysis of the Sanctuary’s architecture and issued recommendations for assuring that Phase 2 construction would be conducted in as non-disruptive a manner as possible consistent with the historical importance of the building. This report was submitted to the Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee and the County Planning Department in support of our application for an amendment to our 1997 Conditional Use Permit.

This parish newsletter was sent in June 2015 and summarizes the information presented at a “Town Hall” gathering. Note that some of the content presented in this newsletter has been subsequently updated.

Acoustical engineering firm “45dB Acoustics” based in San Luis Obispo, CA, issued a report dated March 24, 2017, analyzing the effectiveness of the proposed 8-foot concrete, sound-attenuating wall around the proposed mechanical yard housing the three heat pumps for the Sanctuary’s and organ’s heating and air conditioning systems. The purpose of the wall is to mitigate noise when all systems are running, concluding that noise levels will be less than 45 dBA inside the nearest Parish School classroom. 45 dBA is approximately the ambient noise level already existing in the vicinity of the Sanctuary and Parish School. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the two large heat pumps in the enclosure will only operate during days/times when the Sanctuary needs air conditioning, generally on weekends. Air conditioning is sometimes required for Parish School chapel services in the Sanctuary, but on those occasions the children are in the Sanctuary and would not be aware of noise from the mechanical yard. A small heat pump dedicated to the organ may operator more frequently, but that is rated for very quiet operation. The Sanctuary air circulation is handled by the fans in the basement when the AC is not operating.

The following materials include the Conditional Use Permit Staff Report and related materials which were provided by Bob Easton or prepared by County staff relative to the April 18, 2017 Conditional Use Permit hearing. The Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting minutes are also included.

For your reference, these are the floor plans of the proposed update and of the Church as presently built.

Bell Tower Deconstruction and Rebuilding (Phase 1)

All Saints’ Project Architect Bob Easton, AIA, provided the following letter to All Saints following various meetings and inspections with the Project Engineer, Bruce Resnick of Parker-Resnick Engineering.

Parker-Resnick, the structural engineering firm engaged by the Church’s architect, Bob Easton, AIA, performed a preliminary structural review of the Bell Tower and accessible portions of the Sanctuary in November 2014 as well as additional analyses, which recommended immediate deconstruction of the Bell Tower, based upon its susceptibility to collapse in a seismic event. In addition, seismic strengthening of the Sanctuary itself is highly recommended. Regarding the Sanctuary work, the report states, “these items are not as critical as the tower, but should be addressed within a reasonable time frame.” Each of the various engineering reports are available at these links – they are substantially similar but are included for transparency.

This is the architectural plan of the existing four buildings (plus garage) of the campus east of Eucalyptus Lane, from the north parking lot to the south parking lot, showing the existing playground and lunch areas.

This is the application filed with the County of Santa Barbara for a Substantial Conformance Determination that deconstruction and reconstruction of the Bell Tower was substantially within the scope of All Saints’ existing 1997 Conditional Use Permit.

This is the County Planning Department’s letter recommending issuance of a Substantial Conformance Determination allowing the Bell Tower deconstruction and reconstruction. The request for a Land Use Permit followed, which was received. The Bell Tower work commenced in May 2016 and was completed in September 2016.

This section of the page discusses testing for hazardous materials, including lead and asbestos, and any required remediation as part of the Bell Tower deconstruction and rebuild. In this April 21, 2016 report, Insight Environmental reported on its April 18, 2016 inspection of the Bell Tower and adjacent portions of the Sanctuary as well as soils in the area. The report states that no actionable levels of lead were found in the Bell Tower building or soils (lead found in the soil in adjacent planters was well below the standards set by local and federal agencies). Approximately 10 square feet of roof flashing mastic, or roof sealant, contained asbestos and was removed according to guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a qualified/licensed contractor (the asbestos found was non-friable, which means the material contained more than one percent asbestos, but cannot be pulverized under hand pressure and thus cannot become airborne and inhaled). The accompanying letter from R. J. Spann, the general contractor for the Bell Tower construction, reports the actions taken by his firm and by Entech Environmental to properly remove the asbestos-containing material as required by the Environmental Protection Agency; this was required if disturbance of the asbestos-containing flashing mastic was anticipated. NOTE: similar testing will be conducted in advance of the work planned as part of phase 2 and any mitigation steps required will also follow strict adherence to local, state and federal directives.

In these reports, Post/Hazeltine, an historical architectural consulting firm licensed by the County of Santa Barbara, analyzed the Bell Tower and Sanctuary and reported on actions necessary to assure that the Bell Tower could be deconstructed and reconstructed with historical accuracy. The first document was submitted to the County Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee and the County Planning Department in support of our request for a Substantial Conformance Determination under our 1997 Conditional Use Permit. The update was submitted in support of our application for an amendment to our 1997 Conditional Use Permit.

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